Last week I was given an opportunity to attend a very exciting event. As I had done many times – to sing at various award ceremonies and special events and whatnot – I arrived at the Government House in Winnipeg on Tuesday, May 20 dressed in my very best. However, this time I wasn’t invited to sing or entertain or work in any way. I was invited as a guest; as an Arts Representative of Winnipeg. I was going to meet His Royal Highness, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
I’ll be the first to admit, coming from a humble upbringing in a small town in the Western part of Manitoba, I was quite nervous. I was also very excited! It was a special feeling to be amongst some of the most recognized and influential people in Manitoba and have the room bubbling with anticipation.
Something I thought to be appropriate on the evening was the presence of youth. Some familiar faces in the crowd were internationally known fiddle player Sierra Noble, local humanitarian Hannah Taylor, and a string quartet which included two former classmates from the Faculty of Music. Among the established professionals, it was refreshing to see some up-and-coming individuals as well.
Another highlight of my evening happened near the end of the night. It was hard to converse with everyone during the festivities, but as I was leaving the event I snapped this Olympic sized selfie!
And in case you thought that was the only selfie I took that evening, you’d be incorrect. Here was my outfit for the evening (provided by Aldo Formal Wear) I say, no matter how nervous and anxious and antsy I get, there’s always time for a selfie! #idontactuallysaythat